Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Batman Returns Review (Updated)









Batman Returns


Release Date: 19th June 1992 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (produced in
association with)


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 126 minutes


Budget: $80,000,000

Box Office Gross: $266,822,354
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Having defeated The Joker, 
Batman now faces The 
Penguin – a warped and 
deformed individual
intent on being accepted 

into Gotham society. The 
plot is further complicated 
by Selina Kyle, a wronged 
secretary who transforms 
into the slinky, mysterious 
Catwoman.


Cast
Michael Keaton - Bruce Wayne/
Batman
Danny DeVito - Oswald
Cobblepot/The Penguin
Michelle Pfeiffer - Selina Kyle/
Catwoman
Christopher Walken - Max Shreck
Michael Gough - Alfred Pennyworth
Michael Murphy - The Mayor
Cristi Conaway - The Ice Princess
Andrew Bryniarski - Charles
'Chip' Shreck
Pat Hingle - Commissioner Gordon
Vincent Schiavelli - Organ Grinder
Anna Katarina - Poodle Lady
Paul Ruebens - Penguin's Father (Cameo)
Diane Salinger - Penguin's Mother (Cameo)

Crew
Producer/Director - Tim Burton
Based on Batman Characters/
Project Consultant - Bob Kane
Screenplay - Daniel Walters
Executive Producers - Peter Guber, Jon Peters, Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan
Producer - Denise Di Novi
Co-Producer - Larry J. Franco
Production Designer - Bo Welch
Costume Designers - Bob
Ringwood & Mary E. Vogt
Special Penguin Make-Up &
Effects Producer - Stan Winston
Director of Photography - Stefan Czapsky
Visual Effects Supervisor - Michael L. Fink
Visual Effects Supervisor: Boss Film - John Bruno
Visual Effects Supervisor: Matte World - Craig Barron
Film Editors - Bob Badami & Chris Lebenzon
Music - Danny Elfman


Awards

1993 Academy Awards
Best Visual Effects - Michael L. Fink, Craig Barron,
John Bruno & Dennis Skotak (Nominated)
Best Makeup - Ve Neill, Ronnie Specter &
Stan Winston (Nominated)


Review
BATMAN RETURNS is the first sequel of a Batman movie and is good, yet surprisingly darker than the first film (click here), thanks to the vision of its director Tim Burton and it stays true to the comics for what it is today. In the sequel, the story was clever but well-written and it has good acting from Danny DeVito and Christopher Walken. The movie's real stand-out performer was Michelle Pfeiffer who does a wonderful job of playing Catwoman because she's the kitty who was born for this role.

This is the second and last Batman feature that was ever directed by Burton before he was replaced by Joel Schumacher in the third and is almost the best one that is ever been made.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


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